National Guard Activated To Assist Minneapolis Police Amid Continued Protests

Once again, Minneapolis is full of unrest after weeks of protesting over the death of Winston Smith. To maintain order in the city, the governor has called in the National Guard.

Beginning of June

Unrest in the city has continued off and on over the last years. Most recently, the unrest can be attributed to the shooting of Winston Smith.

Smith was wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. According to KSTP, the U.S. Marshall's service tried to arrest Smith on a state warrant.

Smith refused to cooperate with the officers while he sat in his parked car. He pulled out his weapon, leading officers to shoot him.

The officers administered aid. However, Smith died on site. Following the shooting, protestors set dumpsters on fire, vandalized business, and caused mayhem in the Uptown neighborhood.

Versions of Events

According to Fox9, police officials say that the evidence points to Smith firing his weapon before the officers shot him. However, friends and family members disagree.

Unfortunately, officers did not have body cameras. A woman who was with Smith claims he never had a gun.

Family members are determined to clear his name. Another trigger was a protester getting hit with an SUV. Authorities believe that the man driving was under the influence and driving very fast.

Need For The National Guard

After this incident, Governor Walz received a letter from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey asked for help. He asked, “the state make Minnesota National Guard assets available to assist in ensuring calm and order throughout the city, without immediately being deployed.”

This is the fifth time since May 25, 2020, Frey has had to request this kind of help. The Governor immediately sent word to the National Guard to get ready.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo wants the National Guard to be paired with local law enforcement. He also asked that they be used for protection details and traffic control instead of pitting them against the protestors.

Restoring Order

While the city may only want the National Guard to be on standby, it seems as though they struggle to maintain any kind of order. Civil unrest will continue until protestos and riotors understand that their actions are not productive.

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66 comments on “National Guard Activated To Assist Minneapolis Police Amid Continued Protests”

  1. Where I come from, we have a simple method of stopping rioters and looters, we shoot them where we find them.

      1. only in demorats states, like mostly the shootings and now biden wants to do a executive order on guns, he will be on TV at 3:00 PM eastern time

        1. The parchment he's signing EO's on have no meanings. Everything he is doing is against the oath he swore to abide.

    1. Where are you from? I want to move there.
      In the South (Don’t remember the name of the town.) there is a town where it is required that everyone age 21 and older carry. They must, by law, practice monthly. The end result?? They have no crime. None.
      To remind everyone, when Mr. Biden took the oath of office he promised to protect the Constitution. Now we see just how good his word is. Between breaking his oath (which should be enough to force him to resign) and his stand on killing babies, it sure shows his lack of charactor.

      1. Did you believe what he was saying from locked in his basement? He wouldn't know the truth bit him on his DUPA. All people had to do was research and would have seen his coruptionover the past 50 years.

  2. This is what Minneapolis has done to themselves. They have such a weak governor and Mayor who no nothing of how to run their positions. They should be thrown out and top crying wolf every time things get tough. Heck they allow all the rioting and unrest through the nights and days let them clean it up. Want cops defended? Stop using tax payers dollars for our guards when you can't do your jobs. You're all weak and incompetent. Stop running for offices you can't do.

      1. I agree totally but if police do shoot to kill they will be in jail alongside Peace Officer Chauvins’ !!!

        1. And that’s the whole problem…police cannot do their jobs if every time they pull their guns, they’re chastised by the corrupt idiotic government! This has to stop! I agree with arming citizens, requiring practicing shooting monthly, and giving control back to the community as in the south. That’s proof that it stops this upswing in crime!!!

  3. When will these people be treated as criminals? They riot, loot and burn and are treated like heroes instead of criminals. If they had been stopped at the very beginning, things would not have escalated as they did! Blame city, state and federal politicians.

    1. These people ARE criminals and should. be treated like that way. Protestors walk around carrying sounds. Protestors do not burn , steal, or destroy. They should be locked up and required to pay for the damages and repay for what the stold.

      1. Most of them don't have jobs, is why the looting is happening. Mommy and daddy won't buy them the things they are stealing.

    2. You are spot on! This should have been stopped in its tracks as the FIRST RIOT took place. When our children were small & misbehaved .. we DIDN'T look the other way, or give it a chance to ESCALATE!! We stopped it IMMEDIATELY & then there were CONSEQUENCES to make it known .. YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH THAT BEHAVIOR!!! I don't understand why it should be so hard to handle! Obviously they need new leadership!
      GOD BLESS LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!!
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    3. I’m with you but when they do shoot or lock up someone these trouble makers are praised as heroes. I don’t get it. If these people were law abiding citizens, they wouldn’t be harm by the police. When they give the police a hard time or pull a gun out to shoot a cop, what is the cop to do, stand still and say shoot me. If the criminal wasn’t doing anything wrong, they would be left alone. If the criminals (these people) fight back, the police should be able to protect themselves and their jobs. You can’t even go to gym without fearing, some one will rob you, or even kill you. It’s terrible you can’t even go out without looking over your shoulder.

      1. The media, or leftist lamestream propagandists are a big problem with their ignorance of facts and their blatant lies. They need to be dealt with, and harshly! They often paint these leftist insurrectionists in glowing terms…. Mostly peaceful while they burn down city blocks, loot and shoot at police.

    4. The actions of the politicians is why no one should ever vote Democrat or RINO! They have sold their souls to the Devil, who is their master!

  4. Liberals/democrats run their responsibilities in such a manner as to warrant this type of response !!! When will they learn to fight fire with fire - not be such a loser for the "good" citizens !!! These are criminals and should be treated as such !!! Such disrespect for the citizens should not be tolerated - DO YOUR JOB !!!

      1. If Minneapolis had decent leaders this would not be happening. Minneapolis leave our national guard alone officials be leaders or resign

    1. Arrest them , fine them , put them on chain gang work details cleaning up , rebuilding , everyday until done . At night they go back
      to county jail , everyday until all the work is done ! If they have day jobs , to bad ! They are worker of the county until the criminal does his time ! The state has free labor for the period of work required !

      If you do this , they will think twice and others will also ! They are on chain gang detail ! States did this in the 1940 to the 1970 .
      Wake up people , this is not new ? They had guards, and old gray school buses.

  5. and until they receive consequences for their illegal actions, this will continue into infinity!
    haul their butts into prison cells where they belong. who is in charge in that city? grow a pair!

  6. @@@ to the police department: for WHAT you kept in the hands, guns?? for the parade,or for defend the inocents??? so far you demonstrate as that, FOR YOU,GUNS IS FOR PARADE!!!
    S A M E TO YOU !!!!

    1. When you write in English maybe we can understand you? You make zero sense. Even your ebonics is awful.

    2. What you just posted makes absolutely no sense what do ever. It is difficult to determine just who you seem to be angry with, the police or the rioting criminals. I would ask you to clarify but I'm sure you either won't of cant

  7. It is such a shame that the residents have to live in fear of these CRIMINALS... because their elected officials are INCOMPETENT & bowing to BLM & ANTIFA!! This guy was a felon!! He should NOT have a firearm!!! If he obeyed the law, he'd probably be alive today. I'm so sick of these CRIMINALS being portrayed as the VICTEM!
    Follow the law .. stay alive!! Unfortunately, police are put in harms way dealing with these people. You want to DEFUND someone .. how about your mayor & governor?

  8. They need to let those protesters know that ANY DAMAGE TO PROPERTY WILL RESULT IN JAIL AND COMPLETE RESTITUTION!! Enough is enough! They’ve gotten away with it far too long! Their police have been defunded to the point they can’t even do their jobs! Frey’s response is to “call the national guard” but they too can do nothing!!! What’s that all about??? What some idiots running that state!!!

  9. You are spot on! This should have been stopped in its tracks as the FIRST RIOT took place. When our children were small & misbehaved .. we DIDN'T look the other way, or give it a chance to ESCALATE!! We stopped it IMMEDIATELY & then there were CONSEQUENCES to make it known .. YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH THAT BEHAVIOR!!! I don't understand why it should be so hard to handle! Obviously they need new leadership!
    GOD BLESS LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!!
    👮‍♂️👮‍♀️👮‍♂️👮‍♀️👮‍♂️👮‍♀️👮‍♂️👮‍♀️👮‍♂️👮‍♀️
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  10. This will NOT stop until stupid people STOP voting for other stupid people! But, then, you can't fix stupid!

  11. I am appalled that the officers and the National Guards hands are tied. Real Americans are sick of this! You all need support to do your jobs. This family wants millions in handouts like the others did and got. I support out Officers and out Military. I am praying for you all.

  12. we need to stop criminal action / and stop allowing people to riot when it is / most just want to loot and rob / this is getting out of hand / a court room is where a complaint should be made not the street

  13. When you write in English maybe we can understand you? You make zero sense. Even your ebonics is awful.

  14. Look, protesting is legal, rioting is not and there are clear and defined differences. Arrest those that riot, period. This POS that they are going to riot over was a felon who was carrying a firearm which is against the law. He was in possession of a firearm when stopped, he attempted to use said firearm against Police Officers, he was shot by Officers in self defense and died. That was HIS CHOICE. Tough!

    1. It's like the mayor of Baltimore said when she told the police to stand down when the rioting, burning, looting and throwing rocks and anything they could get their hands on at the police was taking place and the police had to stand there and try to dodge the stuff thrown at them, she said " after all, these protesters were not thugs, just misguided kids". These "misguided kids burned down buildings, stole everything out of the stores they wanted., burned and destroyed police cars, injured countless policemen, but according to the mayor, were not thugs. She's probably still mayor, I don't know.

  15. They have already wrecked the city so nothing to lose.
    Let them all get out in the streets and drop mortars on them.
    Do that a couple of times and I bet they stay home.

  16. If the officials of Minn. don't stand up and do the right thing, this crap will go on. Give the police a chance to make everything right. They are doing their jobs and if some idiot black man decides to do wrong, he got what he deserved. And his girlfriend is just as much to blame, she sure didn't try to stop him from brandishing the gun, even tho she says he didn't have one. Give me a break, he had one just like all the thugs and criminals in Minn. do.

  17. Because the libtards that voted in radicals & allowed corrupted voting laws 2 bringvthenm 2 where they r today..in marxist political hell.
    How do u like the likes of senator amy kloubashar evilon omar & the dem governor elect that evil bastard is..

  18. These riots will not stop until our Law Enforcement Officers are authorized to use Lethal Force to protect themselves and the public when they are threatened by violent criminals!

    1. IT IS A FACT......THAT THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE... I-D-I-O-T... PROTESTERS, WHO TURN TO VIOLENCE, LOOTING, AND HURTING OTHERS.........IS TO SHOOT THEM - AND IF, THE WHIMPY LAW OFFICERS AND WHIMPY HIGHER UP AUTHORS WANT TO BE BABIES AND LET THESE........................ M-O-R-O-N-I-C.... PEOPLE KEEP DOING THEIR EVIL ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS AND NOT SHOOT THEM WITH "LIVE AMMO"....THEN JUST USE GOOD OLE RUBBER PULLETS AND BOUND THE LIVING......H-E-L-L..... OUT THEM.......THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE, BEFORE DOING ANYMORE VIOLENCE.......... JUST DO IT - LAW OFFICERS. !!!

  19. IT IS A FACT......THAT THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE IDIOT PROTESTERS, WHO TURN TO VIOLENCE, LOOTING, AND HURTING OTHERS.........IS TO SHOOT THEM - AND IF, THE WHIMPY LAW OFFICERS AND WHIMPY HIGHER UP AUTHORS WANT TO BE BABIES AND LET THESE MORONIC PEOPLE KEEP DOING THEIR EVIL ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS AND NOT SHOOT THEM WITH "LIVE AMMO"....THEN JUST USE GOOD OLE RUBBER PULLETS AND BOUND THE LIVING HELL OUT THEM.......THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE, BEFORE DOING ANYMORE VIOLENCE.......... JUST DO IT - LAW OFFICERS. !!!

  20. IT IS A FACT......THAT THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE... I-D-I-O-T... PROTESTERS, WHO TURN TO VIOLENCE, LOOTING, AND HURTING OTHERS.........IS TO SHOOT THEM - AND IF, THE WHIMPY LAW OFFICERS AND WHIMPY HIGHER UP AUTHORS WANT TO BE BABIES AND LET THESE........................ M-O-R-O-N-I-C.... PEOPLE KEEP DOING THEIR EVIL ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS AND NOT SHOOT THEM WITH "LIVE AMMO"....THEN JUST USE GOOD OLE RUBBER PULLETS AND BOUND THE LIVING......H-E-L-L..... OUT THEM.......THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE, BEFORE DOING ANYMORE VIOLENCE.......... JUST DO IT - LAW OFFICERS. !!!

  21. IT IS A FACT......THAT THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE... I-D-I- -T... PROTESTERS, WHO TURN TO VIOLENCE, LOOTING, AND HURTING OTHERS.........IS TO SHOOT THEM - AND IF, THE WHIMPY LAW OFFICERS AND WHIMPY HIGHER UP AUTHORS WANT TO BE BABIES AND LET THESE........................ M-O-R-O-N- -C.... PEOPLE KEEP DOING THEIR EVIL ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS AND NOT SHOOT THEM WITH "LIVE AMMO"....THEN JUST USE GOOD OLE RUBBER PULLETS AND BOUND THE LIVING......H-E-L-L-L..... OUT THEM.......THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE, BEFORE DOING ANYMORE VIOLENCE.......... JUST DO IT - LAW OFFICERS. !!!

  22. Using "rubber bullets" against a vicious attacker is foolhardy. Your goal is to protect yourself, your loved ones and innocent victims. Rubber bullets bouncing on an attackers body may slow them down but, they will not stop the attacker from getting even more vicious as they continue their attack!

    If a situation develops when you have to draw your weapon, don't use rubber bullets and don't shoot to wound the aggressor, shoot and shoot to kill!

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